• Victoria DurrerEmail author
  • Raphaela Henze
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


The rationale and importance of critically examining the rising internationalisation of the practice and teaching of arts and cultural management is outlined in this introduction to the edited volume Managing Culture: Reflecting on Exchange in Global Times. This chapter calls for greater attention to be paid to the personal and social nature of arts and cultural management practice and the education and training that has come to professionalise and legitimise that practice, particularly in the context of international exchange. ‘Exchange’ occurs in specific projects, training and higher education activities and between individuals, communities (of identity and of practice), institutions and /or nations with different (and perhaps similar) values and perspectives. The chapter sketches the book’s approach to understanding ‘culture’, not only in its anthropological sense, but also in relation to artistic output, specifically the fine, visual and performing arts. However, it is how these come to play in the internationalising ‘culture’ of the field of arts and cultural management that is under particular scrutiny. In highlighting the new empirical work presented in the collection, the chapter questions who, what and how particular ‘cultural voices’ are represented through the administration and management of artistic output, thus positioning educators and practitioners of arts and cultural management as active agents in the now global politics of representation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Heilbronn UniversityKünzelsauGermany

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